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Alex Lancia

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Cable Free Classroom Projecting using Google Slides

My conundrum is that in the classroom I use my computer to take anecdotal notes, look at student data on the fly, etc (especially during conferring for reading/writing).  Oftentimes however my computer is connected to the projector cable and so... Continue Reading →

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Life and Death in “The Cloud”

Friday afternoon with the promise of an eventful weekend looming I started scrolling through my "Chill Essentials" playlist to get me in the mood.  I was looking for a particular song and much to my surprise it was greyed out. ... Continue Reading →

How to Enable Offline Access for your Google G Suite (Docs, Slides, etc.)

No internet?  No problem!  Just make sure that you enable Google G Suite's offline access feature and you are good to go.  Once connectivity resumes all your docs will be synced to the cloud and in the interim you can... Continue Reading →

Create Portable Charts & Writing Independence with a Digital Toolkit

This post is all based on awesome idea #99 by my fab co-teacher @YYteach.  The problem we were facing was that we had great mini-lessons and charts, but the students struggled to apply the teaching points independently.  With our personal... Continue Reading →

Coding Apps for Elementary School

The catch phrase seems to be "coding is the new literacy" and while reading & writing will remain essential skills in the future now and always; these six apps are what I enjoy using in my coding ASA and classroom... Continue Reading →

How to Add Icons in Seesaw Activities

Enhance your Seesaw activities with these quick text shortcuts to replace your words with symbols and images. Here is a link to the Google Drawing if you want to make a copy and remix for yourself. This is a link... Continue Reading →

Automatically Force Users to Make a Copy of Shared Google Files

We've all done it ... opened up a shared Google doc, started editing, and then realized we are not working on a copy.  Then you frantically hit "undo" or revert to an earlier version of the doc.  Meanwhile the author... Continue Reading →

Google Inbox Basics

Is your inbox out of control and stressing you out? Then take a look at Inbox by Google.  To-do lists, calendar events, emails all in one package to make the daily digital grind easier to manage.  Takes a little getting... Continue Reading →

Tweetdeck 101

Interested in extending your PLC via Twitter but feeling overwhelmed? Watch the video below to learn how to set-up TweetDeck to filter your Twitter content in columns in a way that is easy to see and follow. Ready to get... Continue Reading →

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